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A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

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Release Date: Jan 1, 1965 Wide

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As incredible as it seems, CBS head man James Aubrey originally vetoed his network's presentation of the animated A Charlie Brown Christmas on the grounds that Charles M. Schultz's round-headed protagonist was a "loser" who wouldn't attract an audience! The story proposes that Charlie Brown is convinced that the true meaning of Christmas has been forgotten by his Peanuts friends, not to mention the rest of the world. "Psychiatrist" Lucy advises Charlie Brown to get into the holiday spirit by

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The Peanuts gang in a classic Christmas special.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

... a funny and tender and joyous celebration of the holiday spirit and still one of the most beloved Christmas specials...

July 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Seanax.com
Seanax.com

The result is poignant and provides an appealing lesson about the true meaning of Christmas.

July 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

A true classic in every sense of the word!

December 18, 2004
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

It's truly wonderful; even followers of Zoroaster can dig it. The choreography is particularly spiffy.

October 22, 2003
New Times

One of the childhood favorites that still holds up thirty years later.

July 26, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

The one irreplaceable Christmas special.

July 26, 2002
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Audience Reviews for A Charlie Brown Christmas

Seeing as how this is one of my absolute favorite Christmas films of all time, I could easily ramble on about it for hours, but just for the sake of time, let me say that THIS is how a Christmas special is done.

Perennial sad sack Charlie Brown is bummed out, and is having a hard time getting into the spirit of Christmas, especially with the growing focus on commercialism. On top of that, his earnest efforts to put on a decent Christmas play keep getting thwarted.

It's fun for kids, and has a great message, but it's smart and thought provoking for adults as well. I'm glad that there's an overtly religious message in the movie. It took balls for them to keep it in, and you'd never see that kind of thing happen today in a modern animated special.

That's what made Peanuts and Charles Schultz himself so brilliant. The kids are basically adults trapped in kid's bodies, but they still also act and talk like kids sometimes. This type of stuff treats kids with respect, and doesn't dumb things down for them. It's smart, mature, very clever, and vastly entertaining.

One last thing to conlude the review on- the music: absolutely genius.
December 21, 2012
cosmo313
Chris Weber

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I've seen this many times since 1965. It is to the point where I know exactly what is coming in the next scene, but I don't mind watching it each year. It still rings true every Christmas.
December 22, 2011
Redlats

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Very few Christmas films are essential viewing but for me, it just isn't Christmas until I've watched A Charlie Brown Christmas. It's usually on at stupid O'clock in the morning on kids TV so I've gone as far as buying the DVD, Money well spent, in fact, I could probably quite happily watch it in the middle of the summer too! Merry Christmas Charlie Brown!
December 12, 2011
SirPant

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Great
August 12, 2011
spielberg00

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    1. Charlie Brown: I think there is something wrong with me Linus. Christmas is coming, but I'm not happy.
    2. Linus Van Pelt: I don't feel what I suppose to feel.
    – Submitted by Ramon Paolo A (8 months ago)
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